Adrian + Kendall played seminal roles in the latest initiative by Picture The Homeless, entitled Banking On Vacancy–an innovative approach to understanding homelessness through the collective mapping of NYC's abandon spaces.
Antonio Palingis the new Housing Organizer at Picture The
Homeless. He was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx.
His desire to become an organizer began while attending an Urban
History class at Lehman College and learning about New York’s legacy of
displacement. As a student, he worked with the Kingsbridge Armory
Redevelopment Alliance fighting for community input in development
processes in the Bronx. He also helped start a Minor in Urban Community
Development that focuses on creating a pipeline of professionals back
into the communities that they are from. He started his career in
organizing as a Student Organizer working for NYPIRG fighting for social
justice issues at Brooklyn College.
Kendall Jackman, Housing Campaign Leader at
Picture The Homeless, was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant
Brooklyn, is a former postal worker who is currently homeless. Prior to
her appointment with the Postal Service, she worked as a receptionist
among other jobs. She grew up in a household where her grandfather, who
was a Garveyite, ran his own business. Her parents and uncle were union
members. Discussing history and politics with her grandfather, and
helping her father with his union work, stoked the activist fire in her
blood that she was born with. While in Junior High School, when seven
students were shot at Jackson State, an Historic Black College, during a
student protest of the Vietnam War (getting only a fraction of the
media coverage than Kent State), she and her fellow students took over
their own school for one week in solidarity protest. As a member of the
original students to attend South Shore High School (first graduating
class), she was confronted by racism. For two and a half weeks, she and
her fellow students rioted against each other. She was one of a small
group of students selected to form the first Leadership Class to address
these issues. In later years, she was active in her union.
This evening's conversation will undoubtedly provide amazing
insight into the practice of participatory research.